Michael Carayannis

Michael Carayannis

Michael Carayannis is a Rugby League Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

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Benji Marshall ready to face old Tigers teammates

Michael Carayannis Benji Marshall says he takes great pride in watching the development of Wests Tigers youngsters Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses as he prepares to face his former teammates for the first time on Sunday.

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How Wayne Bennett left Dragons at the altar

Brisbane -bound: Wayne Bennett.

Michael Carayannis Negotiations between St George Illawarra and Wayne Bennett were so advanced that changes to the Dragons player roster and and the make-up of his coaching staff for next season had been discussed.

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Paul McGregor puts hand up to be full-time Dragons coach

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Michael Carayannis Interim St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor has officially put his hand up to be the Dragons long-term coach after Wayne Bennett knocked back an offer to join the club next season.

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Geoff Toovey unimpressed by talk Watmough, Stewart want out of Manly

Nonplussed: Geoff Toovey would not confirm or deny reports Anthony Watmough and Brett Stewart asked to be released from their Manly contracts.

Michael Carayannis Manly coach Geoff Toovey has refused to confirm or deny that three of his star players have asked for a release from their contract but has hit out and people who he claims are trying to undermine...

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Manly Sea Eagles keep minds on job to beat Dragons despite off-field dramas

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Michael Carayannis Manly have brushed aside talk of further player discontent to beat St George Illawarra 21-12 at Jubilee Oval on Monday night.

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Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter 'distracted' by inaction over his future at the club

In limbo: Tigers coach Mick Potter.

Michael Carayannis Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter thought he was certain to be given a contract extension while admitting the ongoing uncertainty surrounding his future was  “distracting”.

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Cronulla Sharks skipper Paul Gallen set to make early comeback to face Penrith Panthers

Eager to return: Paul Gallen may return to face the Panthers this weekend.

Michael Carayannis Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen is set to make an extraordinary return from a biceps injury, as he pushes to be ready for the Sharks' clash with Penrith on Saturday (July 26).

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Robbie Farah says Wests Tigers must rebuild finals push at Canterbury Bulldogs' expense

Big day: Captain Robbie Farah says the Wests Tigers must beat the Bulldogs to maintain their finals push.

Michael Carayannis Tigers skipper Robbie Farah has labelled his side's match against high-flying Bulldogs on Sunday as a "must win" if the Tigers are any chance of snatching a top-eight spot.

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North Queensland Cowboys find cure for their homesickness in Cronulla

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Michael Carayannis North Queensland have ended their eight game losing streak to win their first game away from Townsville this season to beat Cronulla 36-18 at Remondis Stadium on Friday night.

Michael Morgan's stock at fullback for Cowboys continues to rise

Hard to rope in: Cowboys fullback Michael Morgan is tackled by Sharks skipper Wade Graham at Remondis Stadium.

Michael Carayannis North Queensland coach Paul Green has praised Michael Morgan after the Cowboys fullback continues to grow in his role at the back.

Sharks captain Wade Graham takes pop at referees as coach laments technical shortcomings

Not their year: Dejected Sharks captain Wade Graham leaves the field after another loss for Cronulla.

Michael Carayannis Cronulla skipper Wade Graham hasn’t held back in his criticism of the on-field officials describing their performances as “on par” with his struggling team.

Brian Smith says Wests Tigers need a head of football as Mick Potter wavers

Off contract: Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter.

Michael Carayannis Former grand-final coach Brian Smith has recommended Wests Tigers employ a head of football as pressure mounts on Mick Potter to keep his job.

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James Shepherd one good game away from holding on to Sharks coaching spot

Promising start: Cronulla's second caretaker coach of 2014, James Shepherd.

Michael Carayannis A good performance by Cronulla against North Queensland on Friday night could earn interim coach James Shepherd the job for the rest of the year.

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Canterbury Bulldogs forward Tony Williams' hulking frame keeps him out of No.6 jersey

Wrecking machine: Bulldogs forward Tony Williams at his barnstorming best is virtually unstoppable.

Michael Carayannis Des Hasler’s refusal to name Tony Williams in the No.6 jersey may have more to do with Williams’ hulking frame than mind games from the Bulldogs coach.

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Bulldogs coach Des Hasler rejects rumours of Kurtley Beale deal

No Beale deal: Bulldogs coach Des Hasler.

Michael Carayannis Time will tell if Des Hasler will have a change of heart but for now the Bulldogs coach says he has not spoken with Kurtley Beale or any other Waratahs about a possible code switch for next year.

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South Sydney's Adam Reynolds back from knee injury to take on Parramatta Eels

On the comeback trail: South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds.

Michael Carayannis South Sydney have been boosted by the inclusion of Adam Reynolds, who has overcome a knee injury and will play against Parramatta on Friday night.

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Tim Sheens not invited to celebration of Wests Tigers team

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Michael Carayannis Thirteen players from the Wests Tigers 2005 premiership-winning side were named as part of the joint venture's greatest ever team.

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Jared Waerea-Hargreaves to tackle booze ban in attempt to reignite the Roosters premiership hopes

Leading by example: Roosters enforcer Jared Waerea-Hargreaves hopes teammates will follow his example by banning alcohol in the lead-up to the NRL finals.

Michael Carayannis Roosters enforcer Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is set to embark on a booze ban as the reality of the defending premiers scrappy season hit home with a host of ‘honesty” sessions as part of a...

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Luke Keary keen to make big impression against Parramatta Eels

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Michael Carayannis Told he was too small to play for Parramatta, Luke Keary will have the chance to show the Eels what they missed out on when he takes them on for South Sydney on Friday night.

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Anthony Watmough, Josh Morris to make their NRL returns

Back in the game: Canterbury centre Josh Morris.

Michael Carayannis NSW duo Anthony Watmough and Josh Morris are expected to return for their club side’s this weekend after missing last weeks games through injury or suspension.